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Slumdog Millionaire

Ten Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Directing, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Music

Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai (Bombay), is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" But police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? To prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show's questions. Directed by Danny Boyle. ("Trainspotting", "Millions"); Starring Dev Patel, Madhur Mittal, Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan. R for some violence, disturbing images and language/121m/S/Fox Searchlight

Revolutionary Road

Three Academy Award nomination,s including Best Supporting Actor, Art Direction and Costume Design

Adapted from the novel by Richard Yates, an incisive portrait of an American marriage. Frank and April have always seen themselves as special, willing to live their lives based on higher ideals. When they move into their new house, they proudly declare their independence from the suburban inertia that surrounds them and determine never to be trapped by the social confines of their era. Yet they find themselves becoming exactly what they didn't expect — a good man with a meaningless job whose nerve has gone missing, and a less-than-happy homemaker starving for fulfillment and passion. Directed by Sam Mendes. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Michael Shannon, Kathryn Hahn, David Harbour, Kathy Bates. R for language and some sexual content/nudity/119m/S/Paramount Vantage


Five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Directing, Actor, and Adapted Screenplay

The behind-the-scenes and on air story of the electrifying battle between Richard Nixon, the disgraced president with a legacy to save, and David Frost, a jet-setting television personality with a name to make. For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. Nixon selected Frost as his televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman. A charged battle of wits ensued, with each man revealing his own insecurities, ego and reserves of dignity — a stunning display of unvarnished truth. Directed by Ron Howard. Screenplay by Peter Morgan. Based on the Stageplay by Peter Morgan. Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Rebecca Hall, Toby Jones, Matthew Macfayden, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, Sam Rockwell. R for language/122m/S/Universal


Eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Directing, Actor, Supporting Actor and Original Screenplay

In 1977, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay man to be voted into public office in America. His victory was not just a victory for gay rights; he forged coalitions across the political spectrum, from senior citizens to union workers. But as another newly elected supervisor, Dan White, and Milk's political agendas increasingly diverge, their personal destinies tragically converge. Directed by Gus Van Sant ("Good Will Hunting"). Starring Sean Penn, James Franco, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna, Victor Garber, Eric Stoltz. R for language, some sexual content and brief violence/128m/F/Focus

The Wrestler

Two Academy Award nominations, including Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress

Back in the late '80s, Randy "The Ram" Robinson was a headlining professional wrestler. Now he ekes out a living performing for handfuls of diehard wrestling fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey. He lives for the thrill of the show and the adoration of his fans. When his health forces him into retirement, he begins to evaluate the state of his life - trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter, and striking up a romance with a stripper. Yet the allure of the ring and his passion for his art threatens to pull "The Ram" back into his world of wrestling. Directed by Darren Aronofsky. Starring Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood. R for violence, sexuality/nudity, language and some drug use/110m/S/Fox Searchlight

Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Thirteen Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Directing, Actor, Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay

A man is born in his eighties and ages backwards: a man, like any of us, who is unable to stop time. Set in New Orleans from the end of World War I in 1918, into the 21st century, we follow a journey that is as unusual as any man's life can be. It is a grand tale of a not-so-ordinary man and the people and places he discovers along the way, the loves he finds, the joys of life and the sadness of death, and what lasts beyond time. Adapted from the 1920s story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Directed by David Fincher ("Fight Club", "Se7en"). Starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson, Julia Ormond, Tilda Swinton. PG-13 for brief war violence, sexual content, language and smoking/166m/S/Paramount

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Coraline, bored in her Victorian home in Ashland, finds a secret door and discovers a parallel reality eerily similar to her real life — only much better. But when this "perfect" world turns dangerous, and her "other" parents try to trap her forever, Coraline must rely on her resourcefulness and bravery to escape this increasingly perilous world — and save her family. Directed by Henry Selick ("The Nightmare Before Christmas). Animated. Featuring the voice talents of Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Ian McShane. PG for thematic elements, scary images, some language and suggestive humor/100m/F/Focus


The Division, a shadowy government agency, is genetically transforming citizens into an army of psychic warriors - and brutally disposing of those unwilling to participate. Nick, a telekinetic or "mover," has been in hiding since the Division murdered his father. He's forced out of hiding when a 13-year-old clairvoyant or "watcher," seeks his help in finding an escaped "pusher" who may hold the key to ending the Division's program. Pushers possess the most dangerous of all psychic powers: the ability to influence others' actions by implanting thoughts in their minds. Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle, Djimon Hounsou, Maggie Siff, Scott Michael Campbell. PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, brief strong language, smoking and a scene of teen drinking /111m/S/Summit

Pink Panther 2

The world's most valuable treasures are being stolen, and Chief Inspector Dreyfus is assembling a team of international experts and detectives to track down the thief and recover the missing artifacts. The latest addition to the crack team is the bumbling Inspector Jacques Clouseau. Starring Steve Martin, Jean Reno, Alfred Molina, Emily Mortimer, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Andy Garcia, Lily Tomlin, John Cleese. PG for some suggestive humor, brief mild language and action/93m/F/Sony

He's Just Not That Into You

A group of interconnected, Baltimore-based twenty and thirty-somethings navigate their various relationships from the shallow end of the dating pool through the deep, murky waters of married life. Starring Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Bradley Cooper, Scarlett Johansson, Kris Kristofferson, Justin Long. PG-13 for sexual content and brief strong language/132m/S/Warner Bros.

New In Town

Lucy Hill is an ambitious, up-and-coming executive living in Miami. When she is offered a temporary assignment in the middle of nowhere, she jumps at the opportunity, knowing that a big promotion is close at hand. What begins as a straight forward job assignment becomes a life-changing experience as Lucy discovers greater meaning in her life and, most unexpectedly, the man of her dreams. Starring Renee Zellweger, Harry Connick Jr., J.K. Simmons, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Frances Conroy, Mike O'Brien, Rashida Jones. PG for language and some suggestive material/96m/F/Lionsgate


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Starring Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Katie Cassidy, Goran Kostic. PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing thematic material, sexual content, some drug references and language/91m/S/Fox